A few days ago, White House officials let it be known that President Obama would be stopping in Washington State again for a mid-February visit.
They didn’t announce his itinerary or schedule, but we figured it wouldn’t be long before the campaign began sending out invitations to fundraisers with the President. Yesterday, the first invitations began going out, for an event in downtown Bellevue around midday.
Here are the details:
Please join President Obama at a Lunch with supporters like you in Bellevue.
Obama Victory Fund 2012 — Lunch with President Obama & Special Performance by the Head and the Heart
600 Bellevue Way NE
Friday, February 17, 2012
Space is Limited
The minimum required to get in the door is $1,000. For just $4,000 more, you can have your picture taken with the President at a photo reception. For a grand total of $6,000, you can get into the photo reception with a friend.
Or, for $10,000, you can buy up a table at the event.
There is a special $250 rate for Young Democrats, but even that reduced rate may be beyond the means of those it is intended to benefit.
(Tuition in this state keeps going up, as Democrats currently attending Washington’s public universities and colleges can attest).
Prior to speaking at the luncheon, the President will be attending an invitation-only brunch with even more generous donors. His campaign holds a lot of those kinds of events during any given month — most at private residences.
As far as we know, no events have yet been announced in Seattle itself.
We’ll let you know if any are.
For security reasons, the Secret Service never divulges trip logistics or notifies the news media which routes the President’s motorcade will take during a visit. However, if history is any indication, it might be a good idea to avoid I‑5 and SR 520 during midmorning and midafternoon on Friday, February 17th. Those highways will likely be shut down while the President goes to and from Boeing Field.
We wonder, though: if the President and his entourage take SR 520, will they need to pay the bridge toll? Emergency vehicles are exempt if on official business — but what about The Beast? And the press vans?